Aug 19, 2012 / 8:48 am
The Kelowna Jays will come home empty handed from the Canadian Junior Baseball Championships after failing to reach the medal round.
The BC reps needed a pair of wins Saturday in order to qualify, but only managed a split.
Their playoff hopes died when they dropped the first game of the day, 5-2 to Ontario.
Cody Chartrand pitched well for the Jays, but the for the third straight game, they were unable to get their bats on track. Only Dallas Monk, with a single, managed a hit off Ontario's Brandon Collins.
The Jays managed a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to close the gap, but never really threatened.
Team BC then faced New Brunswick in the final round robin game looking for their first win of the tournament.
Finally, their bats came alive as they banged out nine hits en-route to a 3-2 win.
Marcus Drewry tossed a complete game 5 hitter and was full value for the win, allowing only one walk and striking out five.
The Jays got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on back to back doubles by Landon Briscoe and Brody Hawkins, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from Dustin Dhanani and an RBI single by Garrett Wiese.
New Brunswick scored single runs in the top of the first and top of the 3rd to tie the score.
The jays scored the winning run in the bottom of the 6th as Thomas Bidzinski singled, Stefan Mckee bunted him to 2nd, Aaron Witzke pinch ran and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Tyler Pentland, Ian Horne and Landon Briscoe each had two hits.
On Sunday the teams that do not make the playoffs all play a game for next year's seeding so Team BC will send Dawson Newman to the mound against Saskatchewan for their final game.
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